Megan O'Rourke
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Megan O'Rourke

Special Counsel

Megan is Special Counsel in Barry.Nilsson.’s Insurance & Health law team and principal facilitator of its training business, Elevista. With over 20 years’ legal experience, and as a specialist in cyber risk and insurance, Megan has developed her expertise:

  • As a senior associate for an international law firm Phillips Fox
  • As an in-house lawyer and acting claims manager for Zurich Insurance,
  • Within a claims management team of international broker, Marsh
  • Advising Australian and international insurance and corporate clients on complex indemnity, defence and coverage issues.

Most recently Megan has:

  • Been engaged by an international re-insurer to draft a stand-alone cyber policy for the Australian market
  • Conducted extensive risk and education programs, (particularly on emerging cyber risk and insurance issues), across Australia & New Zealand
  • Been appointed Australian Counsel by USA insurer CNA in a multi-million dollar USA/Australian product case
  • Developed BN’s PenSure Indemnity Check, a legal product that provides discrete and affordable advice on the effectiveness of contract risk and insurance terms.
  • Drafted a stand-alone cyber policy for an international insurer
  • Designed and developed an interactive Cyber Policy Comparison tool for an influential insurance broker group, for use by its members across Australia and New Zealand

Megan has undertaken extensive research and positioned herself as a thought leader in the emerging areas of social media and cyber risks. For example, over the last 12 months she has developed and facilitated cyber training programs for:

  • AIG
  • WR Berkley
  • QBE
  • Insurance Advisernet Australia
  • Insurance Advisernet New Zealand
  • XL Catlin

Keynote speaking engagements on cyber issues include:

  • Cyber in Business Conference, December 2016
  • Australian Airport Association Qld Conference 2016
  • WR Berkley National Underwriting Conference 2015
  • GRC National Conference, Melbourne 2013
  • AURIMS/ANZUIAG National Conferences 2013 & 2012
  • New Zealand Society for Risk Management 2012
  • RMIA (Qld) Chapter Education Evening, Brisbane 2012
  • RMIA National Conference, Melbourne 2011

Megan's Memberships & Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Arts (English & Mathematics)
  • Member of Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Member of Queensland chapter of Women in Insurance


Insurance and Health